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    (Original post by Babyshambles)
    Punk Rock was commercialised long before Busted came along...if you're gonna 'blame' anyone, blame Greenday...
    :rolleyes: I don't see Green Day on MTV 5 times a day.
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    (Original post by glance)
    :rolleyes: I don't see Green Day on MTV 5 times a day.
    I don't see Busted selling 8 million of one album... :rolleyes:
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    Reading rocked a lot harder than i was expecting this year.

    The mud was just fun after a while!!!! As soon i had got a bit dirty, i thought i might as well go all out and get filthy.

    Libertines were awsome, closely followed by distillers (i was sooooo close to catching Brody's Guitar). Lostprophets were quite good. Darkness were better than expected by upstaged by Offspring. Green day actually put on a great show. Ash were great. Dropkick Murphys were a laugh. Razorlight were also good. Don't know if i forgot any????

    Also, throwing crap at 50 Cent was all part of the fun!!!! There was no way i was gonna sit there for his whole set.

    Getting Rasmus off in about 5 mins was great - That's what you call teamwork
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    Anyone see any bands on the Carling stage? that had a better lineup than any of the main stages this year...
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    oh my god - what a fun festival!

    highlights have got to be GREENDAY - my god, i love those guys. ash were amazing, as were the libertines, franz ferdinand, streets, white stripes, j5, roots manuva and lost prophets (love that wall of death)!!!

    awww im missing it now.

    i stuck my bum in pancho from dirty sanchez's face!!! whoops!
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    (Original post by charlord)
    oh my god - what a fun festival!

    highlights have got to be GREENDAY - my god, i love those guys. ash were amazing, as were the libertines, franz ferdinand, streets, white stripes, j5, roots manuva and lost prophets (love that wall of death)!!!

    awww im missing it now.

    i stuck my bum in pancho from dirty sanchez's face!!! whoops!
    The wall of death was legendary. Lostprophets got everyone moving, it was immense.
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    For me, it was all about Franz Ferdinand. Simply quality - definite headliner in the future.

    Other highlights for me were Reel Big Fish, The Streets, Green Day and some of the smaller bands (e.g. The Bronx, Riff Random, Fiery Furnaces and The 45s impressed me alot). Dropkick Murphys impressed me too. The lineup this year was relatively weaker when compared to other years, but no doubt there were some good bands out there.

    Biggest disappointment - White Stripes. Good band (however, by no means the 'greatest band in the world' as some believe), but a guitar and a drummer just doesn't have the presence to be the last act on the main stage. I found myself trying very hard to fight sleep whilst they were on.

    On the whole, a great weekend. Hopefully, next year will see a stronger lineup.
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    (Original post by foowise)
    The Bronx
    Were they really that good? becuase what I've heard about their live show isn't very good at all, but I really like them on record, so I would definitely like to see them one day...
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    I think my highlight had to be Green Day who knew exactly how to please their audience , but I thought Razorlight were brilliant too, especially given the slot they were playing. I reckon they'll be headlining the festival at some stage in the not too distant future. Franz Ferdinand, the Libertines and the White Stripes were also v v good IMO.

    So no one else had anything nicked while they were there?
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    (Original post by katiyakat)
    So no one else had anything nicked while they were there?
    I didn't go to Reading, but I was at V last week, and had absolutely no problems with thieves...the people in the tent next to ours left mobile phones and CD players in their tent all day Friday, even forgetting to close the tent, and all their stuff was still there after the bands had finished...

    Did alot of people get their stuff nicked at Reading? I was thinking about going next year... :eek:
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    My highlights were Funeral For A Friend, touching the drummer from British Sea Power's drumstick, and the nice girls who helped me when I fell over in the mud this morning.

    My lowlights were getting kicked in the face during Avenged Sevenfold and losing my glasses on the floor (but I eventually found them) and being the cut off point in the queue for the signing tent. And hurting my wrist - OW!
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    (Original post by katiyakat)
    So no one else had anything nicked while they were there?
    The person in the tent next to me had her wallet stolen, and I met some guy called Kevin who swears he closed his tent but when he went back to it it was open even though all his stuff was there. And some policeman walked past my tent one night with a girl who was telling them she had had something stolen.
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    (Original post by Babyshambles)
    I didn't go to Reading, but I was at V last week, and had absolutely no problems with thieves...the people in the tent next to ours left mobile phones and CD players in their tent all day Friday, even forgetting to close the tent, and all their stuff was still there after the bands had finished...

    Did alot of people get their stuff nicked at Reading? I was thinking about going next year... :eek:
    Our tent was burgled on Friday evening between 3 and 5am whilst we were in there sleeping... The thief took off his shoes (!), climbed over us and through the entire thing to the other end to grab my friend's bag and take the cash from her purse, stole my other friend's cash from her purse and then proceeded to rob/attempt to rob all the tents around ours too. My money was in the pocket of my anorak which was one of the 6 layers I was wearing to keep warm, so Mr Thief got nothing from me. None of our phones were stolen (although they're all so very old and crappy that you'd have to pay people to take them off you ), nor was anything else (cash cards, alcohol, food, HMV vouchers) taken despite an extensive rummage through our belongings, so whoever it was was literally just after money (and very likely hig on something). We all slept through the entire things and discovered that we'd been robbed at 5 in the morning - we found out that we weren't the only ones when the people around us woke up at about 9am. When reporting it to the police, we found loads of people with similar stories in different fields.

    I think we were slightly unlucky in that there were 3 of us in a 4 man tent so there was enough space to enter without waking us up - they opened other tents in our camping circle, but couldn't physically get in to steal anything. I still can't believe that none of us woke up, although I'm very glad that that was the case!

    I wouldn't advise taking anything valuable to Reading, but if you do then don't leave it in your tent unless it's locked. I would also strongly recommend locking your tent from the inside at night, keeping all valuable stuff on your person and filling it with the right number of people . However whilst it wasn't a nice thing to happen, it wasn't then end of the world or anything and we all had an absolutely amazing time so don't be put off and definitely go next year! Also, bring wellies because they are absolute godsend .
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    Well I'm definitely going to V again next year...but I might do both (funds permitting of course) they've allready started selling tickets for V2005, so I guess I could buy them early which will give me extra time to save up for Reading...but I also wouldn't mind doing Glasto next year too
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    good things i saw:

    Reel Big Fish
    DJ Format & Abdominal
    Jurassic 5
    Hives
    Offspring
    Darkness
    Dirty Sanchez (comedy tent, fupping sick yet so funny )
    5,6,7,8's
    Har Mar Superstar (funny, pulled 2 girls in the audience)
    Franz Ferdinand
    Libertines (Pete-less but very good, justifiably angry that everyone chanted for Pete in between songs)
    Dizzee Rascal (best act of the lot, absolutely fupping superb)
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    Dogs Die In Hot Cars
    Rasmus (good because they were bottled and left at the start of the second song)
    The Streets
    50 Cent (bottled, possibly the funniest thing I've seen in my life, started throwing the bottles back and did quite a few songs, top bloke)
    Green Day

    I canny believe I remembered it all. Top weekend, everyone should do it at least once.
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    (Original post by katiyakat)
    I wouldn't advise taking anything valuable to Reading, but if you do then don't leave it in your tent unless it's locked. I would also strongly recommend locking your tent from the inside at night, keeping all valuable stuff on your person and filling it with the right number of people . However whilst it wasn't a nice thing to happen, it wasn't then end of the world or anything and we all had an absolutely amazing time so don't be put off and definitely go next year! Also, bring wellies because they are absolute godsend .
    My brother and all the people in his little camping circle padlocked their tents up during the day - my brother came back today and said that someone had knifed the tent to get in because it was locked, as were a few others in the group. Nobody got anything taken because they didn't leave anything of any value in there, plus i'm not sure any theif would enjoy raiding a tent occupied by 3 smelly 16 year olds with all their muddly clothing everywhere!

    I went to V and crime really wasn't a problem - we left the tent during the day and nobody bothered going near it, people around us had CD players and stuff but nothing was taken from anyone's tent. Its just Reading that seems to be particularly bad.
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    (Original post by katiyakat)
    Our tent was burgled on Friday evening between 3 and 5am whilst we were in there sleeping... The thief took off his shoes (!), climbed over us and through the entire thing to the other end to grab my friend's bag and take the cash from her purse, stole my other friend's cash from her purse and then proceeded to rob/attempt to rob all the tents around ours too. My money was in the pocket of my anorak which was one of the 6 layers I was wearing to keep warm, so Mr Thief got nothing from me. None of our phones were stolen (although they're all so very old and crappy that you'd have to pay people to take them off you ), nor was anything else (cash cards, alcohol, food, HMV vouchers) taken despite an extensive rummage through our belongings, so whoever it was was literally just after money (and very likely hig on something). We all slept through the entire things and discovered that we'd been robbed at 5 in the morning - we found out that we weren't the only ones when the people around us woke up at about 9am. When reporting it to the police, we found loads of people with similar stories in different fields.

    I think we were slightly unlucky in that there were 3 of us in a 4 man tent so there was enough space to enter without waking us up - they opened other tents in our camping circle, but couldn't physically get in to steal anything. I still can't believe that none of us woke up, although I'm very glad that that was the case!

    I wouldn't advise taking anything valuable to Reading, but if you do then don't leave it in your tent unless it's locked. I would also strongly recommend locking your tent from the inside at night, keeping all valuable stuff on your person and filling it with the right number of people . However whilst it wasn't a nice thing to happen, it wasn't then end of the world or anything and we all had an absolutely amazing time so don't be put off and definitely go next year! Also, bring wellies because they are absolute godsend .
    Oh my god! That's scary!

    A man came into my tent one night, but I was awake so he said "ooops, sorry, wrong tent" and I believed him. But he could've been stealing stuff!
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    I walked in on a guy on the toilet in the orange campsite. why didn't he just lock the door!? unless it was one of the one's with the lock bent, although personally i'd still hold it closed if use it at all.

    I would've been embarrased but I think I was pretty stoned & drunk at the time so it didn't matter!
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    (Original post by ben3085)
    I walked in on a guy on the toilet in the orange campsite. why didn't he just lock the door!? unless it was one of the one's with the lock bent, although personally i'd still hold it closed if use it at all.

    I would've been embarrased but I think I was pretty stoned & drunk at the time so it didn't matter!
    Perhaps he was scared of locking himself inside? Thinking about it, getting locked inside a portaloo would be about the worst thing ever...
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    (Original post by glance)
    The wall of death was legendary. Lostprophets got everyone moving, it was immense.
    definately - i saw them at glastonbury this year too and they were awesome then too!

    im surprised to hear all this stuff about people having things nicked, ive been to glastonbury twice and reasding twice and never had any probs with things being nicked or thugs or anything. worse encounter was some guy falling on my tent at 5 in the morning last year at glastonbury while i was asleep in it...

    greenday were so amazing. kinda still star struck by seeing Father Tre Cool....ahhhh. how great was it wen they pulled people out of the crowd too??!!! so much respect for them now, even more, just for playing a great set and closing reading so perfectly!

    my friend was picked from the audience to dance for the dropkick murpheys and met lee gaze from Lost Prophets and had mike skinner dancing behind her before he whispering in her ear 'my gosh, your fit but dont you just know it' hahaha - how funny!
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